As the Cambridge Combined Schools Athletics came to a close on Friday last week, several records from shotput throws to long jump leaps had been broken in the event’s second year of record keeping.
Holly Stewart set a new record in the 10-year-old girls high jump, flying over a 1.3 metre bar, and went on to win the final in the 10-year-old girls 100 metre sprint. Still puffing after crossing the finish line, she described the victory quite simply. “I just like sprints,” she said.
Theo Anthony was rapt to finish things off with a first-place win in the ten-year-old boys 100m sprint final after a few third-place performances earlier in the day. “I was pretty chuffed,” he said.
After winning the 11-year-old girls final Victoria Bunce said the sprints were much more fun than the school cross country earlier this year, “because it’s so far!” she laughed, describing her final race as “really cool”.
For the 11-year-old boys winner Oliver-Tane Knowles, the feeling of winning wasn’t quite so exhilarating. “It hurts!” he laughed, still beaming after crossing the finish line.
The 100 metre sprints and grand relay final wrapped up a day of athletics organised by Leamington School and Sport Waikato, with teams from Leamington, Cambridge East, Cambridge Primary, Hautapu and St Peter’s Catholic taking part, as well as a combined team of winners from the rural schools athletics day, representing Kaipaki, Roto-o-rangi, Karapiro, Horahora and Te Miro.